iMovie: Creating Videos On Your Mac
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iMovie: Creating Videos On Your Mac

How to make movies using Apple’s powerful yet easy-to-use video editor.
4.6 (106 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
632 students enrolled
Created by Gary Rosenzweig
Last updated 5/2017
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What Will I Learn?
  • Know how to create longer movies from a series of video clips.
  • Apply filters and effects to videos.
  • Add sound effects and music to videos.
  • Find out how to add titles and transitions to tie your video clips together.
  • Edit and manipulate video clips to craft a nice video for personal or casual work use.
  • Learn about special iMovie techniques like overlays, green screen, animated maps and backgrounds.
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  • You should have a basic familiarity with using Macintosh computers, such as the menu bar, System Preferences, web browsing, and so on. You should also know how to record video on your iPhone, camera or other device and transfer those to your computer. It will be useful to have a set of existing videos to try out the techniques in this course as you learn them.

iMovie: Creating Videos On Your Mac is a complete course with more than 30 videos and 4 hours of instruction that will teach you how to use iMovie to edit your clips together into short films. You’ll learn how to use all of the tools in iMovie such as the precision editor, transitions, titles, backgrounds, overlays and much more.

iMovie is the video editor that comes with your Mac. It is both easy and fun to use. You can take videos shot on your iPhone or digital camera and create your own movies for home or work use.

This course starts off with a very simply example of how to use iMovie to stitch a few clips together. Then you’ll learn how to trim, crop and adjust individual clips to make them look better. You’ll see how you can add standard video elements like text, titles, transitions and background audio. You will also learn how to use more advanced techniques like putting two videos on the screen at the same time in an overlay or split screen. You’ll find out how to speed up and slow down video and apply special filters.

This course is meant for casual Mac users. iMovie is not a pro tool, but something that typical Mac users can work with to produce their own movie projects. With only a basic understanding of how to use your Mac you can now learn how to produce your own movies for home, school or work.

The version of iMovie used in this course is 10.1.4. iMovie versions 10.1.5 and 10.1.6 introduced mainly bug fixes.

Who is the target audience?
  • Typical Mac users with an interest in putting together videos. This is not a pro-level course and iMovie is not a pro-level app. However, iMovie is capable enough to use for a variety of simple and casual work projects.
Curriculum For This Course
34 Lectures
Getting Started
2 Lectures 15:03

Learn a little about the history of iMovie and find out what you should do before starting the course.

Preview 02:23

Watch the building of a very basic iMovie project and learn the names of the parts of iMovie in the process.

Preview 12:40
Clip Editing and Movie Building
6 Lectures 41:02

Learn how to add multiple clips to iMovie and trim them to get only the portion you need. Add multiple clips to a project to make a longer movie.

Editing Clips

Find out how you can work with the color in a clip to make it more visually appealing.

Color Adjustments

Use the cropping tools to only show a portion of a clip, trimming the edges. Use the Ken Burns Effect to animate a clip moving from one section to another over time.

Preview 08:00

Work with the image stabilization feature in iMovie to make shaky video look better.

Image Stabilization

Adjust clip speed, reverse the direction of a clip, and use freeze frame for dramatic effec

Speed Up, Slow Down, Reverse and Freeze Frame

Learn how to use the special video and audio filters in iMovie

Filters and Audio Effects
Working with Audio
4 Lectures 24:33

Use the audio controls to enhance or alter the audio in a video clip.

Working With Clip Audio

Adjust the volume of audio over the duration of a clip

Preview 07:16

Add additional audio tracks and background music.

Adding Music and Sound Effects

Narrate a movie with iMovie voiceovers

Including Voiceovers
Enhancing iMovie Projects
7 Lectures 53:20

Use transitions to make cuts between clips smoother and more interesting.

Preview 08:45

Incorporate text into your videos to introduce or explain the content.

Adding Titles

Look at the various title styles available.

More About Titles

Learn how to use cutaways, picture-in-picture and split screen functions to combine more than one video at a time.

Using Video Overlays

Learn how to add background as placeholders or additional content behind titles.

Using Backgrounds

A special feature of iMovie makes it easy to show a location on a map, or a path.

Including Globes and Maps

iMovie includes several special themes that give you new transitions and titles, as well as making it easier to automatically create videos from a selection of clips.

Using iMovie Themes
Advanced Topics
10 Lectures 01:17:10

Learn about how iMovie stores your video clips and projects so you can better manage your iMovie files.

Project and Event Storage

Find out about the different export functions in iMovie and choose the one that you need to complete your project.

Exporting Finished Video

Instead of using videos in iMovie, you can use photos as video clips to make complex slideshows. You can also combine video and photos in an iMovie project.

Using Photos in iMovie

While you can’t record video in iMovie, you can use QuickTime Player on your Mac to make new clips with your Mac’s built-in camera.

QuickTime Player Recording

By using transparent images created in image editing tools, you can add logos, shapes and other transparent images to your iMovie projects.

Transparent Overlays

If you have a green or blue screen you can use iMovie to take this video and combine it with background images or video.

Using Green Screen

Markers in iMovie can be used to help place clips and audio in your projects.

Using Markers

A special theme in iMovie allows you to store sports team images and information and quickly make sports news-like projects.

The Sports Theme

iMovie includes a bunch of special project types that you can fill in with video clips and photos to make Hollywood-like movie trailers from your clips.

iMovie Trailers

If you are using iMovie for many projects you may want to divide them into libraries. You can create, open, close and transport libraries easily.

Learning About Libraries
5 Lectures 01:21:53

See how to use iMovie to create a simple project that combines a few videos, some transitions, some titles and music.

Preview 18:55

Learn how you can quickly combine a series of photos into a complex slideshow.

Example: Photo Slideshow

Find out how to use overlays to make a simple project like a new segment.

Example: News Segment

In this example an old public domain ephemeral video source is used along with an iMovie audio jingle to create a silly music video. You can use your own clips and music to quickly create a simple music video.

Example: Silly Music Video

Use a single high resolution image to create a narrated documentary with only cropping, the Ken Burns effect, titles, a small graphic overlay and voice narration.

Example: Single Image Documentary
About the Instructor
Gary Rosenzweig
4.5 Average rating
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Producer and Host at MacMost, Author, Developer

Gary Rosenzweig is an Internet entrepreneur, software developer, and technology writer. He runs CleverMedia, Inc., which produces websites, computer games, apps, and podcasts.

CleverMedia’s largest site,, features more than 1,000 video tutorials for Apple enthusiasts. It includes many videos on using Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Gary has written more than 30 mass-market computer books, including the best-selling book My iPad, The MacMost Guide to Switching to the Mac, My Pages, ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University, and Special Edition Using Director MX. He also has self-published titles such as 101 Mac Tips and The Practical Guide to Mac Security.

Gary has a computer science degree from Drexel University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.